Atlanta Dream wants to see your game

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You think you have what it takes to become the next Sheryl Swoopes?

If you’ve got game, the Atlanta Dream wants to know. The WNBA’s newest franchise is looking for a hidden gem and hopes to unearth it during an open tryout on April 15.

For $75, you will join a crowd of applicants that could grow to 500 fighting for a spot on the Dream roster. General Manager and Head Coach Marynell Meadors and members of her coaching staff will be on hand to evaluate the talent – or lack of it.

To be eligible, you must be female, 22 years old and a college graduate (or pretty close to it).

Swoopes is the WNBA icon who came out as a lesbian in October 2005. For 10 years, she played for the Houston Comets and notched four championships. But last month, after a troubled 2007 season, the three-time MVP signed a multiyear contract with the Seattle Storm.

The Dream is putting the pieces in place for their season opener on May 17 and their home opener at Philips Arena on May 23. On Thursday, the team will unveil its new uniform. Recent developments with the Dream include:

  • Signing unrestricted free agent Stacey Lovelace, 6-foot-4-inch forward entering her seventh season in the league. Lovelace averages 5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 14.4 minutes per game. The team filled out its roster during the Expansion Draft in February.
  • Adding Katy Steding as assistant coach. The former head coach at Warner Pacific College in Oregon played college ball at Stanford and helped lead the team to its first NCAA Championship in 1990. She played two seasons in the WNBA, starting in 2001. Steding’s also familiar with Atlanta, a city she visited as a member of the U.S National team that won gold during the 1996 Olympics.

Other key events include the WNBA Draft on April 9 and the opening of training camp on April 20.

Read recent posts about the Dream here.

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